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Ayako Kikuchi

Faculty: Violin & Viola


Chicago College of Performing Arts, MM, Violin Performance
Suzuki Method, Books 1-10


Ayako Kikuchi a devoted educator, collaborator and performer in the Chicago area. Ms. Kikuchi holds both bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she studied Violin Performance. Following her graduation from Roosevelt University, Ms. Kikuchi received pedagogical trainings from Edward Kreitman, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Nancy Jackson and Thomas Wermuth. Having more than 15 years of teaching experience, Ms. Kikuchi has trained and mentored young violinists who have been accepted to the concertmaster position in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, ILMEA All State Honors Orchestra in Senior Division, ILMEA Junior Division 2nd Violin Principal, and to University of Illinois and DePauw University School of Music with full tuition scholarship in Violin Performance. As a performer, Ms. Kikuchi is a former associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra performing with various international conductors.Currently, she is actively performing as an original member of the Chicago Composers Orchestra that dedicates performing new orchestral music by living composers.


This list can be long, one of my top favorite is “Jeux d’eau” by Maurice Ravel. This piano work, I can literally vision the fountain and the play of water from the pure depiction of the sound. I think it is mesmerizing that the solid keyboard/strings of the piano can sound like liquid in this composition.

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Merit School of Music members are dedicated to provide quality musical education to the community. Music education is a special process that trains physical and mental control in depth, aural skills and engaging in history and the background of the studying work, and understating and appreciating the traditional craftsmanship of the fine instruments that helps the performances. I am hoping for the students to be able to branch out the successful process to learning the musical skills to other aspects in life.